(Pocket-lint) - If you're still gaming on a standard office chair, are you even living?
Gaming chairs are a great way to not only enhance the look and style of your gaming area but also provide ridiculous comfort and support during your gaming sessions.
We've set out on a mission to find the very best gaming chairs money can buy. The most comfortable, flexible and adjustable chairs to help you game for hours.
There are a lot of different gaming chairs on offer out there, many with similar features including 4D armrests, multiple adjustment points and various finishes. This often makes it difficult to select the right chair for you. Which is why we've been testing out no end of chairs to see which is the most comfortable, feature-rich and premium seating to keep you comfy while you game.
Our guide to the best gaming chair to buy today
Secretlab Titan Evo 2022
- Amazing comfort and adjustability
- Soft and supple materials
- More spacious base than before
Secretlab's chairs come in three different size variants as they're designed to cater to different body types in terms of size and weight.
The Titan Evo 2022 is a wonderful option for a number of reasons, not least of which is the various upholstery options available. You can choose from not only hybrid leatherette, premium NAPA leather and SoftWeave Fabric, but also various different colour schemes.
During our testing, we were immediately struck by various design highlights of this chair that include high-quality intricate stitching, premium fabrics and sublime built-in lumbar support.
The lumbar support has been upgraded from the previous Titan model we tried as it's now not only adjustable in and out but up and down too, so much more customisable which is ideal for personalised comfort.
Like the other chairs on this list, its height and angle adjustable in various ways, with 4D armrests and lots of lovely tilt.
Little things really make this one though, like the magnetic backed clip-on side guards (something you'd screw on on other chairs) and small design plaques on the arms as well as the 5-year warranty.
The included head pillow is also insanely comfortable. It's an uber-soft memory foam cushion that's cleverly coated with cooling gel to keep your noggin cool as you relax in your seat. It's held in place with strong magnets and you can easily adjust its position on the headrest area too.
Noblechairs Epic Black Edition
- Great looking seating
- High-quality finish and comfort
- Standard cushions aren't as good as competitors
Noblechairs Epic Black Edition is an update to the Epic range with improved breathable materials and a choice of PU-leather, real-leather or hybrid leather options.
This is not only a really nice looking chair but also features some soft and yet supportive padding, comfortable armrests and oodles of adjustability.
The Noblechairs Epic Black Edition is not just a smart looking gaming chair but ergonomically designed to help you game for hours. That's just what we've experienced too. Spending hours and hours in this chair, you're supported in all the right ways and not left wanting.
We do highly recommend splashing out extra for the memory foam cushion set though, as the included cushions just aren't as good as we'd like and there's no built-in lumbar support with this one.
Other gaming chairs worth considering
We've tried a number of other gaming chairs that are a delight to sit on and a wonderful addition to any gaming space.
Corsair T3 Rush
- Classic Corsair vibe
- Reclines into super relaxing positions
- Not as many finish choices as others on this list
Corsair's T3 Rush has a lot of the goodness of the T2 Road Warrior with a few enhancements that include some wonderfully easy-on-the-eye fabrics, comfortable memory foam lumbar support and even more of a race car styling.
It comes in three different finishes with breathable fabrics that are designed to retain less heat than a leather chair meaning you can keep cool during gaming sessions.
The T3 Rush also reclines into a near flat position if you need a bit of lay down between gaming sessions. It has a wider back but isn't necessarily ideal for taller people.
- Understated design
- Premium finish and attention to detail
- Lacks superbly comfortable head and lumbar cushions
Noblechairs are known for creating premium, high-quality seating products. The Hero is a great choice for those who want a gaming chair, but one with an understated class.
The Hero is a good choice thanks to an ergonomic design that matches the shape of your spine and ensures all-day comfort. It also is made from supple premium materials and has an eye-pleasing aesthetic.
The Hero boasts numerous adjustment options to keep you gaming comfortably. A perfect example is the 4D armrests. These not only go up and down to allow you to adjust the height of your support, but they also slide forwards and backwards, side to side and can even be angled inwards or outwards.
This gaming chair also has built-in adjustable lumbar support, comfortable cold foam upholstery, as well as a large and durable frame. We found the Hero gave us the best support of any chair on this list with superb comfort to match. We really enjoyed the supple PU-leather, intricate stitching and adjustable lumbar support.
Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody
- Tried and tested by many
- Doesn't look like a gaming chair
- Insane price
The Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody is a collaboration between the Logitech and premium chair brand Herman Miller. It is eye-wateringly expensive but may well be worth the investment if Herman Miller's reputation is anything to go by.
The Embody gaming chair includes a number of design elements that make it appealing. That starts with, as you might expect, "science-backed ergonomics" designed to support your spine no matter how you sit.
It's also built to reduce pressure build-up and includes clever design quirks like an adjustable seat depth which extends the length of the base. Cooling foam, even pressure distribution and various adjustment options should keep this seat comfortable all day long.
All of that comes with a 12-year warranty cherry on top as well.
Other gaming chairs we considered
The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.
These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:
How to choose a gaming chair
As you've seen from this list, a lot of the best gaming chairs have very similar features. This can make them very similar and can make it tough to choose between them. We've tried to put together this list based on our real experience of the features of each, the overall comfort, the look and feel and more.
There are some important considerations though.
Chair size and your size
Some of the gaming chairs on this list are designed with different variants to account for your size and body type. It's important to check and see which design will be the best fit before you buy as some are height and weight limited or different shapes to account for different body types.
These chairs usually make a better choice than those that simply have a one-size-fits-all approach. Though they may be more expensive, they do make a difference to the comfort and support you get as a result.
The best gaming chairs offer a number of features besides just the ability to just be height adjustable. Here's a summary of what they are.
This might sound like a gimmick, but these armrests are fair common on the best gaming chairs. 4D armrests means that the arms of the chair not only go up and down with height adjustment but also can be moved into different positions easily. You can move them in and out, back and forward and even angle them inwards. Often you'll also have the ability to adjust the width too.
All this means you can easily reposition throughout the day should you need to. Get closer to your desk and even tuck the chair under your desk too when you're not using it if you need to save room.
The very best gaming chairs have a number of upholstery choices and will often include real leather, faux leather and fabric options. Which you choose will be down to personal preference though some people might prefer fabric finishes if they get hot when gaming.
The leather and faux leather options shouldn't be overlooked as they're often more supple and softer on your behind. The premium seating options also account for breathability with these designs too, ensuring that you don't get hot, sticky and sweaty while sitting.
How much lean do you like. It's worth looking to see how far the seats recline. If you like to lay almost flat to relax on occasion, for example, then something like the Corsair Road Warrior line-up might be a good choice. But otherwise, you'll find good tilt and adjustment in the base and backrest of most chairs.
Lumbar support and cushioning
Another consideration is lumbar support and extra cushioning. We enjoy lumbar support and prefer the seats with built-in adjustable options rather than just strap on pillows. The lumbar support in the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 ticks different boxes as it's not only depth-adjustable but also height. So you can move it up and down and make it push out more into your back or less, the choice is yours.
Some lesser gaming chairs instead offer a cushion solution that you can move, but it's not as comfortable in our mind. It's also worth considering the included cushions. Secretlab chairs come with some insanely comfortable memory foam pillows as standard. While Noblechairs just have standard foam cushions as standard and need an extra purchase for memory foam. These aren't essential but if you like to rest your head (or back) on something superbly plush then it's worth watching out for.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life. We've built the chairs as you would then sat in them for hours on end. Working, gaming, relaxing and generally being supported throughout the day.
We've tried the various adjustment options. We've height adjusted and moved the arms and bodies around into all sorts of positions. We've let loved ones try them out and gathered their opinions too, then had the fun of getting them back into our favourite positions.
We've then compared them with the other chairs we've tried including the cushioning options, the lumbar support, the adjustability and more.
We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.